Why we need your donation

Cal-ESAR is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is prepared to respond 24/7/365. All team members provide their own equipment and transportation, and take vacation or unpaid time from work to perform searches and training.

We never charge the subjects of a search/rescue operation or local governments. All of our funding comes from membership dues, grants and donations from people like you or your organization.

How we'll use your donations

Donations help us fund maintenance of team vehicles, rescue and communications equipment, facilities and various supplies. Donations also go towards replacing obsolete communications, rescue and medical equipment.

Cal-ESAR is listed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the Internal Revenue Service and thus all donations are tax deductible.

Ways to donate


By mail

California Explorer Search and Rescue

Attn: Treasurer

205 Crystal Springs Center #30

San Mateo, CA 94402

Checks should be made out to "Cal-ESAR" to qualify for tax deductions.

Contact Cal-ESAR Treasurer

Donate while you shop

Amazon Smile

Amazon's community support program, Amazon Smile, contributes .05% of every dollar you spend shopping on their site to a charity of your choice at NO cost to you, It's Amazon's money! For more information on the program use this link.

To support Cal-ESAR, click on the Amazon logo or use this link. Send this Cal-ESAR specific link to family and friends...

If you don't want to have to remember to go to the link every time you shop, and if you use Google Chrome as your web browser, you can install the Amazon Smile Redirect plugin to make your browser take you to AmazonSmile whenever you go to Amazon.

If you shop at FoodMaxx, Lucky or Save Mart...

Lucky Supermarkets donate nearly $5 million each year in food and funds to the community each year, and Cal-ESAR has benefited in the pass though their SHARES program. You can enroll here for the program to help out, or use the link below:

Note: The program defaults to charities within a 25 mile radius of your zip code. If Cal-ESAR does not come up during you initial search, use the Advanced Search option, use zip code 94402 and look for "California Explorer Search"

Other ways to donate

Donate a vehicle

There is a free, convenient service for you to convert that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting California Explorer Search and Rescue. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.